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Bristol is such an amazing “small town” that it takes two states to contain it. First a disclaimer for those of you who like to get technical. Bristol, Virginia isn’t a town at all. It’s an independent city. However, with a population of less than... more

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“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” It was the best because I was heading home…to my hometown of Boones Mill, located in Franklin County in southwestern Virginia. It really wasn’t the worst of times. I’ve just always thought... more

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Chances are that you’ve heard of Farmville. No, I’m not talking about a game that you play on your smart phone. I’m not talking about virtual reality. I’m talking about reality, itself, which is somewhat novel these days. I’m talking about what... more

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I was all set to do our annual May article on summer beach travel. You know, I was going to say something about there being lots of sand and sun and waves and all that. Trust me, it would have been a marvelous article. But before I could write it... more

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“…Chincoteague Island, you’re more than just a dream. You’re more than just a vision. You’re paradise to me. I can’t wait to get there. I never want to leave, and I know the blue herons are waiting there for me.” more

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Drive down Kilmarnock’s Main Street, and you’ll get an idea of what Small Town Virginia is all about. Besides a Main Street that looks like it could be a movie set, Kilmarnock offers virtually anything you might hope to find in a 21st-century... more

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Photo/Doug Puffenbarger

I should know better than to take a trip into the mountains of Virginia. Every time I do, I come back to Richmond ready to pack my bags and head for the hills. Although, I had been wanting to visit Monterey, Virginia ever since I first heard about... more

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Photo: Visit Loudoun

One thing I love about Richmond is that it sits in the center of so much of the state’s beauty and history. I can go two hours or so in any direction and be in some place that is completely different. That’s exactly what I did recently when I... more

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The search for a small-town living experience will take you off the beaten path. And that’s exactly where Urbanna, Virginia is. more

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Is it the terroir of Virginia’s Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula or just the fact that we love our wine? Whatever the reason, you’ll discover several excellent wineries when you travel the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail. more

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Echoes of the past reverberate throughout Central Virginia. Sites of historic interest abound around every corner and down every ... more

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As we say goodbye to another beautiful fall, Virginians stand divided. Some will grieve the loss of warmer weather while others embrace the Winter. Luckily for ... more

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As day dawned in Eastern Tennessee on December 7, 1941, likely none of the several hundred families living in the valley that encompassed portions of Roane and Anderson Counties had any idea that the events unfolding on the Hawaiian island of ... more

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Richmond’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean makes a beach-based getaway a natural day trip, weekend retreat or extended-stay vacation. And Virginia Beach’s busy, vibrant nature easily keeps boredom at bay, whether you’re exercising your own ... more

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When I was a kid, they used to call Miami Beach the “sun and fun capital of the world.” Well move over, Miami. The Outer Banks deserves that moniker today. Over the past couple of decades, North Carolina’s Outer Banks has become so cool, it’s ... more

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The Cowboy Way – What is it? I asked that question of Ashlyn Elick, who grew up on her parents’ working guest ranch, Texas Ranch Life in ... more

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For a state as steeped in history as Virginia is, the past is like a natural resource. And as important as the Revolutionary and Civil wars have been to the commonwealth’s tourism industry, another historical resource is gaining attention in ... more

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Anyone can fly fish. No, really: If I can fly fish, anyone can. I have written two guidebooks about fly fishing and lecture frequently throughout the Mid-Atlantic, so I have met hundreds of people who tell me that they have always wanted to ... more

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Imagine yourself in a graciously appointed inn, one designed to create an elegant but comfortable, home-like atmosphere. Wander past the lobby to the living room and library, where people linger to chat, read or sit by the fire. more

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Photos courtesy of The Homestead

It was a pleasant mid-fall afternoon when I turned off Interstate 85 near Staunton. I was heading towards Bath County. While I had grown up in the mountains of Virginia, in Franklin County, I had never spent any time in this neck of the woods. more

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